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Vagabonding: An Uncommon Guide to the Art of Long-Term World Travel Paperback – December 24, 2002
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“Vagabonding easily remains in my top-10 list of life-changing books. Why? Because one incredible trip, especially a long-term trip, can change your life forever. And Vagabonding teaches you how to travel (and think), not just for one trip, but for the rest of your life.”—Tim Ferriss, from the foreword
“The book is a meditation on the joys of hitting the road. . . . It’s also a primer for those with a case of pent-up wanderlust seeking to live the dream.”—USA Today
“I couldn’t put this book down. It’s a whole different ethic of travel. . . . [Rolf Potts’s] practical advice might just convince you to enjoy that open-ended trip of a lifetime.”—Rick Steves
“Potts wants us to wander, to explore, to embrace the unknown, and, finally, to take our own damn time about it. I think this is the most sensible book of travel-related advice ever written.”—Tim Cahill, founding editor of Outside
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And what content. Banal "be humble while traveling" advice. Egg noodle fortune cookie hokum. Weird "you can do it" wowzerism. Useless "avoid getting Montezumas revenge" and "try not to be a crime victim" advice.
I'm a fairly seasoned traveler, contemplating doing a several month nomad jag. This book is not helpful to me. I am assuming there is some population somewhere; 20 year old backpackers who don't read their Lonely Planet guides maybe. I'm not that guy.
This book is a MUST for anyone contemplating a long period of time away from home base. My husband and I will be traveling for 18 months or so with only a quick stop off at home once or twice to catch up with family and friends. We often take off for a month or six weeks and were planning our 18 months in the same kind of way. After reading Vagabonding, we've changed our outlook altogether and are feeling even more excited (if that's possible) about getting started.
The book is full of helpful websites and anecdotal examples to better explain and back up the author's tips.
Even experienced travelers such as ourselves benefit immensely from reading this book.
So when I was working and listening to the Tim Ferriss podcasts and how he sounded so passionate about travel, it rekindled that fire. I picked up a couple of other travel books and it seemed, no matter what or who, this book was mentioned. I hesitated because I couldn't explain the price when so much is free on the net. However, I finally did it when I realized it wasn't a simple purchase but an investment to my desires and dreams.
I regret not buying this sooner! It was multiple times more useful from it's impressive amount of knowledge and links and book names to further enhance one's study to wherever in the world one wants to go! For the first time since the Corps, I'm looking at long term travel again - but on my terms! Thank you Rolf, for this work of art, and to all those who helped push this book. I add my name to that list proudly! Again, this isn't a simple purchase of fancy, this is a great self-investment with huge returns!
For me, vacations are not so much time to get away and relax, but more of a time to explore and have memorable and meaningful experiences in life.
This book does a fine job pointing out many do’s and don’ts when it comes to traveling, and it also introduces us to different attitudes to enhance our holiday experience. It’s one of those, “you don’t know what you don’t know.”
This book is one of those books, that you’ll say, wow I wish I would have read this years ago, but beware it might spoil your traditional vacation spots forever.
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I really enjoyed reading this book, the language used it very fluent and a joy to read. Quotes from other writing, philosophers, travelers made it all the more appealing. There are some accounts of specific places and situation he visited to go along with the writing. It's fairly organised, but even if you don't feel it is the individual sections help target specific information you may need. It certainly made me feel a ease and provided more insight into traveling.
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I'm glad I just bought this on recommendation from a friend without reading the reviews, I couldn't fault the book at all and couldn't put it down. The travel plans begin...
This book completely changed my view on travel, and expense!
I have put off traveling for too long, thinking that it would cost me far to much, and that I would never be able to sustain
such adventures long enough due to money.
This book has put everything into perspective. I greatly look forward to taking what I have learnt,
and to embark on life changing travels across the world.
I now know how to do it, how I can afford it, and most importantly; I have no fear of doing it.